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Welcome to Player Affinity Comics News of the week or PAC News for short.
There was a blitz of news this week, so let’s begin with a story reported by KTLA 5 about the LAPD cracking down on the superhero pan-handlers that have become a tourist mainstay in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater off of Hollywood Blvd. The character actors have been an attraction on Hollywood Blvd for nearly a decade and gain a lot of attention after the documentary Confessions of a Superhero. The documentary followed four of the character actors revealing their life on and off Hollywood Blvd. What’s interesting about this story is that the LAPD was told that the crack down was coming from the city council, but when KTLA contacted the city council they knew nothing about it. Maybe the rights holders to characters such as Superman, Batman, Zorro, Snoopy, and Spider-Man finally had enough and sent out the ban-hammer.
The biggest news of the week to sweep the comic industry came in the form of a promotion. Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer.
New York, NY – June 2, 2010 – Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today that it has promoted Joe Quesada to Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment. In this new role, Mr. Quesada will work alongside Alan Fine, Executive Vice President, Office of the President and Chairman of Marvel Studios’ Creative Committee, to ensure that all portrayals of Marvel’s characters and storytelling remain true to the essence of Marvel’s rich history. Additionally, Mr. Quesada will provide creative oversight of all areas of Marvel’s business including theatrical, television, publishing, animation and games, while also actively participating in all story and script development for Marvel’s films and animation. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Quesada held the role of Chief Creative Officer & Editor-In-Chief, Marvel Animation & Publishing and oversaw the creative aspects of Marvel Comics and Marvel Animation. The announcement was made today by Mr. Fine, to whom Mr. Quesada will report.
In other Marvel news, Captain America and possibly Thor’s movie costumes have been leaked, along with casting information for both Captain America: The First Avenger and the Avengers movie. Both costumes are drawn with the actors likeness. Captain America definitely looks and feels like Ultimate Cap’s costume, but Chris Evans better plan on shaving in the movie. Thor on the other hand has a glowing hammer and 80’s White Snake hair-do making people wonder if Chris Hemsworth has the right look for the part. For casting, Jeremy Renner is speculated to be playing Hawkeye in the Avengers movie, while Neal McDonough is confirmed to be playing Dum Dum Dugan.
Again in Marvel news, Marvel announced this week that with next weeks comic releases they would be trying their first ever day and date digital release with Invincible Iron-Man Annual #1. The service is provided in the iTunes app store and has been quite popular on the iPad since its launch a few months back. The catch is that the digital version will cost more. The annual is priced at $4.99, Marvel’s standard price for inflated size issues with little to no extra content, but the digital version will be split into three parts. There standard price for digital releases is $1.99 making the digital price not only higher, but more annoying to read. IDW has had day and date releases for several months now and actually prices the digital release cheaper. Obviously, this is Marvel’s way of encouraging digital releases, but without the slap in the face to it’s retail partners. It seems as if that slap is coming sometime in the future.
The last bit of news comes in the from Top Cow. Fans that voted for Top Cow’s Pilot Season 2007 winner Velocity can expect her return this June. For more on that story check out PAC’s own coverage here.
That wraps up PAC’s weekly comic news. There’s two conventions happening this weekend so expect more news next week.